Stewardship Snippet June 9, 2019

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
Christians around the world celebrate today the Spirit of God poured out upon all creation. Because of this divine generosity, we can be bold, faithful, and fearless in our stewardship of God’s abundance.

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Holy Communion will be offered by intinction.

Serving Sunday, June 9
Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Organist: Jim Rearick; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Linda Rosensteel; Reader/Communion Assistant: Morgen Hummel; Ushers: Judy and Randy Wills, Ike Rosensteel; Counters: Ike and Linda Rosensteel; Home Visitors: Lloyd and Marilyn Niemann; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson, Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

MAX HUMMEL: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion the turning point in Hitler’s drive to conquer all of Europe and northern Africa. Max (formally Malcom) Hummel, long-time member of our congregation and faithful chorister for decades, was a forward observer in an artillery division. His was the risky job of telling the big guns where to aim their heavy fire. Max waded ashore on D-Day plus 16 hours, the second wave ashore. With his outfit and their cannons, he fought his way across northern France, the Battle of the Bulge, all the way to Remagen Bridgehead. There he was lucky enough to win the draw for a two-week furlough home; and while he was home in Clearfield, the war ended with the German surrender. We must never forget these men and women and their service and sacrifice to our nation, and indeed, to the free world. Martha, Max II, Jan, Morgen

Attorney Megan Will of the Allegheny Synod will present a seminar on Making a Will at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Grove Mills, PA, Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 PM. The program is free and open to all.

Property Team will meet on Monday June 10 at 7:00 PM.

The Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market begins June 13 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and is in need of adult volunteers with a current driver’s license to direct traffic and sometimes document data on market visitors. If you are interested, please contact Linda Rosensteel or Sally Kolesar.

Synod Assembly is June 14 and 15 at the Blair County Convention Center. Martha Hummel and Pastor Paul will be in attendance.

St. Paul Congregational Council will meet on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 PM. All members of St. Paul are invited to attend any meeting.

Church secretary Karin Lowry and Linda Rosensteel are recruiting help with scheduling worship participants. We are looking for individuals who would contact one category of volunteers for slots that haven’t been filled in on the signup sheets. For instance, one person would contact assisting ministers for open dates and another person would contact ushers for open dates. Contacts may be made in person, by phone or by email. If you can help, please contact Linda or Karin.

The St. Paul Nominating Committee has begun our work to identify the slate for electing council members for the two-year term beginning January 2020. Nominating committee members are Delorse Homan, Eleanor Bird, Jill Lemke, Judy Wills, and Molly Schueltz. We will soon be reaching out to prospective nominees to ask that they prayerfully consider serving in this important role. If you would like to learn more or have suggestions, please contact any comittee member..

The Taize Singers will be in worship on June 23.

Ferguson Twp. Youth Group at Ferguson Lions Club, June 23, 3:30 – 5:30 PM. All kids in grades K-8 are welcome to come hear some ministry and take part in fun games and activities and have a snack. Learn more at

Blood Drive at Ferguson Twp. Lions Club, Thursday, June 27, 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

St. Paul Community Worship Service is June 30. Usually held outdoors with indoor fellowship following the service

Hymn sing July 11 during worship.

Food Items for the State College Food Bank   can be brought to the church any time, but a good time to remember is on Fellowship Sunday.

Current needs are: Canned Mixed Vegetable, Canned Carrots & beets. Gluten-Free Products (any kind, but especially pasta, cereal, etc. Canned Pears and/or Pineapple, Stewed  Tomatoes, Spaghetti Sauce,  Sloppy Joe/Manwich sauce, Baking mix, condiments, oil, salt, Pepper, and Spices, Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, Spam, other canned fish), Shampoo & Conditioner, feminine hygiene products. PLEASE NOTE — We are not in need of the following:  Baby Food, Baby Formula, Green Beans, Corn, Mac and Cheese, or Protein Beans

Lutheran Day at the Curve and the Great Allegheny Tailgate, Sunday July 28. Tailgate is from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at the Synod Office in Altoona. Hot dogs and drinks to be provided. Everyone is to bring a dessert to share. The game starts at 6:00 PM at the Peoples National Gas Field. Tickets for adults and children three and up are $5.50; under 2 free (a child 2 or under must sit on the lap to be eligible for a free ticket or if using a seat cost will be $5.50). Call the Synod Office to get more information or to order tickets 814-942-1042.  Deadline: Sunday, July 7.

Develop a Heart of Generosity

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Acts 20:35b

     A friend who regularly volunteers to serve meals to the needy illustrates the truth of Jesus’ teaching. “It’s so rewarding to help,” she says, explaining that the time and hard work is worth it. “I think get more out of it than they do.” It feels good to give, but we are blessed with so much more when we give generously. The act of giving truly blesses us by shaping our personalities and developing our character. That’s a truth affirmed by research. (Check out “The Science of Generosity” white paper from the University of California at Berkeley, or “The Science of Generosity Initiative” at Notre Dame University!)

     Generous people tend to be the kind of good folk we want as friends and neighbors. We often think of generosity only in terms of financial giving, but generous people go way beyond that, embodying generosity with all they have and all they are. They are not merely generous, they are generous-hearted. Anyone can develop a generous heart, or a more generous heart. Begin by deepening your relationship with God, seeking guidance and wisdom in daily prayer. Then simply begin to pour yourself out for the sake of others, giving generously as a spiritual exercise and discipline. Here are five action steps:

     Give smiles. Smile at everyone you see. You may be surprised at how it changes your outlook. Give nice words. Say something nice to everyone – family and friends, coworkers, parishioners, store clerks, folks in an elevator. Give courtesy. Hold a door open for the person behind you; stop for pedestrians; let someone go ahead of you in line. Give your time. Serve people face-to-face: tutor schoolchildren, serve meals, visit a shut-in, teach ESL, volunteer at a homeless shelter. Give your resources: Slowly increase your giving to God’s ministry. Make tithing a long-term goal. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than receive. When we give our time, talents and possessions, God blesses us by developing in us a generous heart.  –Rob Blezard Copyright © 2019, Rev. Robert Blezard. Reprinted by permission.